Hands on Garmin Oregon 650t review
The Garmin Oregon 650t is the company’s top-of-the-line handheld GPS receiver. Offering an 8 MP geotagging camera and preloaded 1:100,000 scale US topos, the 650t also offers all the other goodies found on the 600 series, including a bright capacitive touchscreen and extensive customization options.
- Drop down to the Oregon 650 from the 650t and you’ll give up the pre-loaded 1:100,000 scale US topo maps (see discussion below)
- Or choose the 600t to keep the preoaded topos, but you’ll lose the 8MP geotagging camera and internal rechargeable
li-ionNiMH battery pack
- To see how the Oregon 650t stacks up against other models, check out our Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart
I don’t claim to be a great photographer, but I’ve uploaded an album of photos taken with the 650t. Nor did I spend a lot of time on each shot, so this should give you an idea of the quality you can get from a quick snapshot.
I’m not a big fan of the “t” units, since they only have 1:100,000 scale maps, and you can get free 1:24,000 scale maps from GPS File Depot. For most folks, buying the “t” models just doesn’t make sense. You can see the difference in the screenshots below.
The other thing that sets the 650 series apart from the 600/600t is the included rechargeable
li-ion NiMH battery pack (available as an accessory for the 600 series). The nice thing about this is that you can plug it in and recharge it without removing the batteries. And you can still swap out the li-ion NiMH pack for a couple of AAs in the field though.
For the rest of the story, see my Oregon 600 review.
More Garmin Oregon 650t reviews
- Consumer-authored Garmin Oregon 650t reviews have been posted at Amazon
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin Oregon 650t resources
- The Garmin Oregon 650t owners manual
- An Oregon 650t FAQ
- Our Garmin handheld GPS comparison cart
- The Garmin Oregon 6xx series wiki
- The official Garmin Oregon 650t web page
Compare prices on the Garmin Oregon 650t at these merchants:
- Check the current Garmin Oregon 650t 3-Inch Handheld GPS with 8MP Digital Camera (US Topographic Maps) price at Amazon
- Check out the Garmin 650t at REI.com, where satisfaction is guaranteed and members get 10% back on eligible purchases
- Get the Garmin Oregon 650t from GPS City
- Buy the Garmin Oregon 650t direct from Garmin